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April Fool’s Day: City of Columbus Contracts Bird Scooters to Replace Vehicle Fleet

Walker Evans Walker Evans April Fool’s Day: City of Columbus Contracts Bird Scooters to Replace Vehicle Fleet

Officials with the City of Columbus announced this morning that the Department of Public Service would be entering into a unique agreement with Bird Scooters to replace the city’s entire vehicle fleet. Touted as a cost-saving move, officials praised the startup tech company’s innovative private transportation mode as the way of the future. “Through our […]

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Open Letter to Governor DeWine on Gas Tax & Transportation Funding

Stu Nicholson Stu Nicholson Open Letter to Governor DeWine on Gas Tax & Transportation Funding

Dear Governor DeWine, Mobility and Opportunity for a Vibrant Economy in Ohio, or MOVE Ohio, applauds the formation of your Blue-Ribbon committee on funding transportation infrastructure into the future. While your priorities must include funding to maintain safe roads and bridges, Ohio needs more. Ohio must prioritize funding to support the safe, affordable mobility of […]

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Zipcar Expanding Network in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Zipcar Expanding Network in Columbus

Zipcar is expanding its car-share fleet in Columbus and increasing the number of locations where the rental cars can be picked up and dropped off. The announcement came earlier this week in a press conference at the Smart Columbus Experience Center. Participating in the event were officials from the City of Columbus, the Columbus Partnership […]

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CoGo Ridership Down in 2018

Brent Warren Brent Warren CoGo Ridership Down in 2018

2018 saw the first significant decline in CoGo ridership since the bike share system was established in 2013. Just over 40,700 rides were logged on the network over the course of 2018, while 2017 saw more than 52,000 rides, according to data available on the CoGo website and compiled by Columbus Underground. CoGo Rides 2018 […]

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New Short North Parking Rules Now in Effect

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Short North Parking Rules Now in Effect

Today marks the first day of implementation for the long-awaited and long-debated Short North Parking Plan. The bags have been removed from new parking signs throughout the neighborhood and tickets will be issued — although no fines will be associated with those tickets for at least two weeks, according to the city. The warning tickets […]

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Self-Driving Shuttle Planned for Linden

Brent Warren Brent Warren Self-Driving Shuttle Planned for Linden

A second self-driving shuttle could be roaming the streets of Columbus as soon as this fall. Smart Columbus has announced plans to establish a route in Linden for a vehicle that would function like the Smart Circuit shuttle that started operating downtown in December. The new route would connect the St. Stephens Community House, at […]

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C-Pass Users Helping to Boost COTA Ridership

Brent Warren Brent Warren C-Pass Users Helping to Boost COTA Ridership

Downtown workers who have signed up for free bus passes through the C-Pass program have taken about 460,000 rides since the program launched in June. Those employees have had an impact on overall ridership, particularly as measured by how many people are traveling in and out of Downtown at rush hour. Numbers provided by the […]

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